Vampire Hunter D
English Title Vampire Hunter D
Original title Vampire Hunter "D"
Japanese 吸血鬼ハンター"D" (Kyūketsuki Hantā "D")
Author Hideyuki Kikuchi
Illustrator Yoshitaka Amano
Translator Kevin Leahy
English Publication Data
Publication date May 11, 2005
Published by DH Press, DMP Books
Pages 268
ISBN ISBN 1-59582-012-4
Japanese Publication Data
Published by Asahi Sonorama
Publication Order
English Volume 1
Japanese Vampire Hunter 1
Preceded by
Followed by
Raiser of Gales

Vampire Hunter D is the first book in the book series of the same name.

Plot Summary.Edit

It is the year 12,090 A.D. The world has ended, ravaged in a firestorm of man's wars and madness. But from the wreckage a few humans manage to survive. A few humans... and something else, Vampires.

Doris Lang knew what her fate was when the vampire lord Count Magnus Lee bit her. An agonizing transformation into one of the undead, to be stalked by her fellow villagers or cursed to become the bride of the unholy creature and face an eternity of torment, driven by the thirst for human blood. There was only one chance, and as she watched him ride in from the distance she knew there was hope. Salvation... from a vampire hunter named D.

Magnus has his own problems; his beautiful daughter Larmica refuses to let a human into her family, and is all too willing to kill the bride before the wedding can take place. Enlisting the help of Garo, a werewolf retainer, she attempts to kill Doris, only to find D in her way.

Greco Rohman, son of the mayor, also wants Doris for himself. The same goes for the skilled figher Rei-Ginsei and his Fiend Corps. Both men are eager to eliminate D, as his skills and Doris' favor makes them see him as a threat. Doris knows she isn't the only one in trouble, her younger brother, Dan, is perceived as her weakness, and there are more than one person out there willing to use him as leverage against her.

Main CharactersEdit

Antagonists Edit

  • Count Magnus Lee (greater noble and the administrator of frontier sector ten, also known as the Ransylva area)
  • Larmica Lee (greater noble and daughter of Magnus Lee)
  • The Fiend Corps (band of bandits, hired by Count Lee)
  • Garou (a werewolf who is Count Magnus Lee's servant)
  • The Midwich Medusas (demons that work for Count Magnus Lee)

Other Characters Edit

Beastiary Edit

Technology Edit

Locations Edit

Publication historyEdit

The novel was first publiced in Japan by Asahi Sonorama in January 1983 and was later translated by Kevin Leahy for DH Press (Dark Horse Press) in 2005. The English version was released on May 11, 2005.

The manga adaption of the novel by mangaka Saiko Takaki was released on November 14, 2007.

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The novel was illustrated by the famous Japanese artist Yoshitaka Amano.



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